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2017: August 6th
This, the most popular of all RORC offshore races, makes history every time it is held.
The world’s largest, most diverse fleet of offshore racing yachts set sail from the Solent in the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s biennial Rolex Fastnet Race. The race in 2015 marked the 90th anniversary of this world famous racing club, and a record entry of 368 boats signed up.
As ever the 603 mile course takes the fleet west along the south coast of England, across the Celtic Sea to the Fastnet Rock off the tip of southwest Ireland, south around Bishop Rock and the Scilly Isles and back east to the finish in Plymouth. The Rolex Fastnet Race is also one of the most popular events in sailing.
The Fastnet is a challenging race. The race is often provided with Westerlies that are strong to gale force in strength. The succession of low pressure systems which advance on the British Isles across the North Atlantic Ocean provide a constantly moving weather pattern for which Fastnet navigators must plan. These depressions are mostly centered north of the English Channel.
Knowledge of where meteorological disturbances are likely to occur, and how best to use them, is the keynote to success in the race.
Your quote will include advance training and preparation days.